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Handel's oratorio "Messiah" is performed each December by a chorus of over 250 students, faculty, staff, alumni and townspeople.
The Music curriculum provides a foundation for students who intend to pursue graduate study or a professional career in music. The program at Franklin Pierce University offers a wide array of opportunities for instrumental and vocal study, performance, and the pursuit of music theory, history and music technology.
Franklin Pierce music ensembles perform at the University, throughout the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire and beyond. In addition to required courses for each concentration Music majors must complete the Individual and Community liberal arts core courses to gain skills in effective communication, critical thinking, creative problem solving and collaboration. This provides a competitive advantage in today's music industry where musicians must be able to describe and promote their work and collaborate with teams of artists, producers and others in the field.
Listen to the Franklin Pierce University Singers perform the Franklin Pierce alma mater "We Remember Well".
Students can pursue one of three concentration areas in Music: the Performance Concentration, the Professional Concentration and the Music Technology Concentration. An audition must be passed for acceptance into the Performance Concentration. All Music majors must participate in a performance seminar at the end of every semester of private instruction, to demonstrate progress in their major instrument.
Read more about the Concentration in Music Technology.
I've taken courses like Choral Union, Conducting, Women in Music and Computer Music. These classes have definitely given me a chance to explore more of the world of music. Because of them, I plan to pursue graduate work in Music and Women's Studies after graduating from Franklin Pierce University. I intend to conduct a small group while teaching Women in Music at the college level.- Rose Vargas, '09
Franklin Pierce University
The Music Department teaches techniques in the Pro Tools software that professional recording engineers are using today throughout the music and film industries.
The music department mounts a performance of Messiah by George Frideric Handel with professional orchestra and soloists. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and local residents all participate in this event.
Vocal ensembles. Lachrimae provides an opportunity to perform in period costume, the music and dance of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Choral Union explores a wide range of vocal literature, both contemporary and traditional.
Instrumental ensembles are open to all qualified students (majors and non-majors) for credit or non-credit, including Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Flute Ensemble and our Contemporary Music Ensemble called Defenestration.
Franklin Pierce students have gained valuable professional experience by interning with organizations such as The Boston Early Music Festival, Trod Nossel Studios, In Wallingford CT and High and Dry Studios, in Boston.
The annual spring musical gives students an opportunity to present public performances of major Broadway musicals and new musicals.
Franklin Pierce University music students are supported and encouraged to pursue internships in music to enhance their knowledge and experience. Culminating projects include a Senior Recital demonstrating an advanced level of applied instruction and performance professionalism; or a Senior Project for professional and technology track music students demonstrating advanced level of substantial research, creative work demonstrating proficiency in an area of musical interest and preparation.
Graduates have taught Pro Tools, worked at state-of-the-art recording studios, conducted ensembles, and become professional performing musicians. Many have also gone on to further their degrees and to become educators.